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Jones, Francis

Francis Jones was found guilty on 12 July 1785 at Winchester, Hampshire, of stealing a shirt and handkerchief from the Dean of Exeter. Sentenced to 7 years transportation, he was sent to the Ceres hulk and was discharged to the Alexander in January 1787. He arrived at Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Jones was sentenced to 50 lashes on 14 November 1788 for being drunk and insolent. He married Sarah Kelly on 6 October 1790.

Jones enlisted in the New South Wales Corps in February 1793 and was discharged in 1795, probably returning to England soon afterwards.

information from

  • Mollie Gillen, The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet (1989), p 198
  • Michael Flynn, The Second Fleet: Britain’s Grim Convict Armada of 1790 (1993), p 381

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